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New students in the School of Engineering will study for one year at the Toyonaka Campus as they attend general education courses. During this year, many instructors from the School of Engineering are sent to Toyonaka to conduct courses which serve as an introduction to learning in the field of engineering. Students can use what they learn in these courses to decide which field and department they would like to join.
Second-year students move to the Suita Campus, where the School of Engineering is located. Beginning from this time, engineering-related courses will occupy a larger proportion of the students' learning. Students join a department beginning from the third semester (first half of the second year). (Note: The Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering is not divided into departments.) The courses which the students choose beginning from the third semester will mostly determine the major field which they should enter. From the third year, students study more specialized courses.

When the students reach the fourth year, each student joins a research group and begins his or her graduation thesis. With guidance and advice from the instructor, in the research laboratory the students engage in research related to new themes in their areas of specialization, and organize the results into a graduation thesis. The graduation thesis is a valuable chance for students to gain their first experience with creative research, work closely with instructors and graduate school students, and discover a path for the future.


After acquiring the designated course credits and completing the graduation thesis, the students graduate and are presented with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The number of credits which are required is approximately 130 – 140. These include approximately 50 credits of general education courses and basic engineering courses, and approximately 80 – 90 credits of specialized courses (excluding basic courses in the field).
The above is the path to ordinary graduation. There are also systems for exceptional students, including a system for advanced placement in graduate school, and a system for early graduation after three years. Both of these systems allow a student to go straight from the third undergraduate year to the graduate school, however students who take advantage of the advanced placement program withdraw from the undergraduate program after their third year and therefore do not receive a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The system for early graduation after three years has been established for the Division of Electronic and Information Engineering. This system is different from advanced placement in that the students receive the Bachelor of Engineering degree if they have acquired the required credits. Students in this system also must complete their graduation research within this limited time, and naturally face a demanding academic schedule.

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